I’m Nathan Graboff I was born and raised on Long Island New York. I attended Jericho High school which is where I built my first greenhouse in my backyard with the money I raised mowing lawns and working at Hicks Nursery. This led to my next job in the gardening business with Flowertime Garden Center in Levittown, NY.
I went on to college at Farmingdale SUNY and graduated with a major in Ornamental Horticulture and Nursery Management. While attending the University, I was presented with the unique opportunity to manage the growing, cutting, propagating of the rose and landscape at Farmingdale SUNY State College. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I would go on to meet my wife Kim while she was working at the Florist shop on campus in 1984. My experience in gardening led to my next position where I was a wholesale florist at Long Island Landscape nursery.
Soon after getting married, we moved to Florida in 1988 where I continued to expand my knowledge with sprinklers, interior landscape, the wholesale florist industry and landscaping.
In 1992, I began working at the Home Depot in the Garden Department as a trainer/teacher. I took this opportunity to expand my education and became FLGA “Florida Landscape Grower Association” certified as well as Xeriscape certified (low maintenance with water conservation). Inspired by the ability to teach others, I went on to teach at the Shanna Village (a small private school) as a preschool teacher for the garden department. The education did not stop there, in my spare time I attended and graduated from the Seminole County Masters Gardener Program in 2007. In 2008, I went on to become BPM “Best Practice Management” certified. All my hard work had really begun to show through as I was published in “Lake Mary Life” in their October issue.
This opened new doors as I was a guest speaker at the Rose Society for Orange County and at the Landscape Clubs for HOA (Home owners associations).
And as someone of you may know me now, I am currently Nate the Garden Guru for FOX35 Good day Sunday.